During the last five years Scottish prison staff have spent £120,000 on taxis a Freedom of Information request has revealed.

The costs come from transporting prisoners to church gatherings and medical apointments

Deadline News Agency report:

The shocking figures, released through Freedom of Information show that the total spent on taxis by the Scottish Prison Service since 2007 was £121,264.

The stats show that prisons at Barlinnie and Edinburgh spent the highest amount of taxpayer’s cash, clocking up £26,035 and £24,040 in fares each over the period.

HMP Inverness, which services courts in the Highlands, Islands and Moray spent £3,073 – including 33 trips to take prisoners to hospital by escort.

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I am a journalist and author. I am a staff writer at the UK edition of WIRED magazine and in 2015 my book, Freedom of Information: A Practical Guide for UK Journalists, was published. I created FOI Directory in 2012.